Despite over a month of trade rumors and speculation, both Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose remained with the Knicks following the passing of the NBA's trade deadline Thursday.
When asked about Phil Jackson's vision for the Knicks moving forward, Anthony told reporters he was still unclear on the team president's plans for the future.
"Not now. To be honest with you, no," Anthony told Al Iannazzone of Newsday. "I think they were kind of planning on a trade on the trade deadline. Whether they were trying to make moves, I think that was one plan. So now it's they've got to get back to the drawing board and come up with another plan about the future of this team."
Rose, who was traded to the Knicks this past offseason, found himself involved in trade discussions with the Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio. However the two sides could not come to an agreement bfore the 3 p.m. deadline, making Rose a member of the Knicks for the remainder of the season.
"It's always a relief not getting traded," said Rose. "I'm happy that it's over."
While he wasn't traded before the deadline, Anthony knows there is still a chance Jackson approaches him about a deal during the offseason. However Anthony has reiterated that New York's management is aware of what the veteran forward would like to see happen.
"I don't want to get into details about that, on the inside of the meetings and all that," the 32-year old said. "But I will continue to say that they have an idea of kind of what I'm thinking and where my mind is at."
Anthony is relieved to no longer have to face trade rumors or questions about being dealt, at least for the time being. But New York's star player did voice his displeasure about being left in the dark on Jackson's plans for the team's future.
"Yeah, I mean, nobody likes to be in limbo," said Anthony. "We all want to know kind of what's going on, especially when it's involving you. But that's not the way it is in sports. I don't think I'm the only one that's going through that or feeling that way."